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Saturday, October 13
 

10:45am

Paige Academy Drummers
Roxbury's very own Paige Academy Drummers will kick-off the first-ever Roxbury Boston Book Festival with an unforgettable performance. Come early and get your day started off with this not-to-be-missed act.

Speakers
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Paige Academy Drummers

Roxbury-based Paige Academy’s educational mission and lifestyle provides an environment that fosters individual worth as well as collective responsibility. This African-American philosophy promotes the following seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 10:45am - 11:05am
School Committee Room, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

11:00am

Story Time with Curious George
Enjoy a lively read-aloud session with an exciting visit from Boston’s own children’s book celebrity, Curious George! Kids of all ages (and parents, too) will enjoy an interactive session of reading and crafts. Don’t forget to bring your cameras for a selfie with the loveable George! Local children's librarian Angela Bonds will lead the session. Recommended for toddlers to age 8.

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Bolling Foyer, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

11:00am

Tayari Jones Talks with Kim McLarin
Tayari Jones’s highly acclaimed new novel, An American Marriage, has made reading lists from Obama to Oprah. An instant New York Times bestseller, the story follows newlyweds Celestial and Roy as they set out to realize their dreams in the New South. Their lives, however, are suddenly ripped apart when Roy is wrongfully convicted of a crime and is sent to prison. Jones will discuss this love story—called “stirring” by Esquire magazine—on a topic for our times with local luminary and author, Kim McLarin, who regularly appears on the Emmy Award–winning show Basic Black.

The Paige Academy Drummers will usher in this opening session.

Moderators
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Kim McLarin

Kim McLarin is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun, as well as the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, and Midlife. Her forthcoming book is Womanhood. McLarin is also co-author of the memoir Growing Up X with... Read More →

Speakers
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Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer,  the New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
School Committee Room, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

11:00am

826 Boston
Get zany with Roxbury’s favorite children’s writing program, 826 Boston. The colorful crew will be on hand for the day with non-stop activities to get your writing wheels turning. Learn how to find your voice and tell your story with fun and creative exercises. Recommended for ages 6-18.

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826 Boston

826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. Each of 826's free programs seeks to empower students... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 4:00pm
Kids' Zone, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

11:30am

Poetry on Demand
Think of a word—any word—and then present it to our two master poets, who will click-clack away on their old-fashioned typewriters to make you a personalized poem. Walk away with your very own poem made just for you—and watch out, they may just perform it for you, too!

Speakers
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Allison Adair

Allison Adair's recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry (2018), Best New Poets, Boston Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Southeast Review, and ZYZZYVA, among other journals, and have received the Pushcart Prize (2019), the... Read More →
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Howard dePass Jr.

Howard dePass Jr. is a spoken word poet and part of the spoken word collective Caretakers of Humanity. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, he came to Boston for college and graduated from Boston University in 2014. Howard's work touches on spirituality, racial injustice, economic/social... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Bolling Foyer, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

11:45am

Word Play: A Puppet Show
Clown around with the alphabet in this fun and interactive show! “Word Play” uses clowning and puppetry to take audiences on an adventure through the alphabet. Come make friends with vowels, teach tricks to a “C-A-T” and “D-O-G,” and visit a whole zoo full of surprises. It’s a play on words, literally!
Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Speakers
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Puppet Showplace Theater

Puppet Showplace Theater is New England’s favorite puppetry destination. Each year, Puppet Showplace presents over 300 performances by professional puppet companies at our Brookline Village theater. Our touring shows travel to schools, libraries, and cultural centers throughout... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm
Roxbury Innovation Center, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St, Dudley Square, Roxbury

12:30pm

Represent, Gen Z: Media Literacy + Op-ed Writing Workshop for Teens
Why is it important that teens' voices be heard? We'll analyze and discuss the good, bad, and ugly ways that the media portrays Gen Z. In this engaging workshop, participants will learn to represent their generation through writing and let their voices be heard with hands-on activities, discussion, and analysis of current journalism and ads. Boston's only city-wide high school newspaper, Teens in Print, will guide participants in responding to their discoveries by writing a short op-ed. Each student will walk away with the beginning of a piece of writing, and the first tools in learning how to become a journalist.

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Teens in Print

Teens in Print is Boston’s only citywide high school newspaper written by and for teens. Launched by WriteBoston and the Boston Globe in 2004, TiP is a platform for student journalists, essayists, poets, and artists to share their voices. Published quarterly, the paper is delivered... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Workshop Room, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

12:45pm

Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon
In this interactive session, the celebrated kids’ book Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon will come to life on stage as its authors, Boston’s very own Ben and Tonya Mezrich, bring us inside the mind of math genius Charlie Lewis, the book’s precocious main character. As his adventures lead him to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s paper airplane contest, we’ll make some mischief with a contest of our own. Gia Manigat of the Roxbury Innovation Center will lead the session.
 
This session is dedicated to the legendary Mel King, who has dreamt to the moon for our own neighborhood kids.

Moderators
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Phernegize "Gia" Manigat

Gia was born in Haiti, later came to Boston at nine years old and has always had a passion for creating and helping others create. As the STEM programs manager at the Roxbury Innovation Center, she builds experiences for Boston, and particularly the community of Roxbury, where she... Read More →

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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich has built his career chronicling young genius. Mezrich can only be called prolific, producing a book for almost every year of his near two-decade writing career. He is perhaps best known for The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius... Read More →
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Tonya Mezrich

Tonya Mezrich is coauthor, with her husband Ben Mezrich, of Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon, about a boy who uses his mathematical skills to solve the case of valuable moon rocks stolen from NASA. Charlie Numbers is the second in the middle-grade series that began with Bringing... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 12:45pm - 1:30pm
School Committee Room, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

1:00pm

Poetry - Live!
We’ll liven up your afternoon with four captivating female poets. Rising national star Shauna Barbosa reads from her first collection, Cape Verdean Blues. She’s not to be missed—even Kendrick Lamar is a fan. Local favorite Simone John will read from her powerful collection, Testify, which takes on police brutality and gender-based violence. Roxbury native Nina LaNegra will bring her experienced stage presence to the Dudley neighborhood, where she has been a leading cultural icon. Talented young poet Anjie Birkett, from John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science School, will perform spoken word poetry.

Moderators
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Akunna Eneh

Akunna Eneh began her librarian career with the Boston Public Library almost ten years ago as a teen librarian for the Dudley Branch. Currently, she is the programs and community outreach librarian for the Dudley Branch. She lives in Dorchester, but she considers Dudley Square her... Read More →

Speakers
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Shauna Barbosa

Shauna Barbosa is an up-and-coming poet whose first published collection is titled Cape Verdean Blues. Barbosa, who can name Kendrick Lamar as a fan, has had poems published in Tupelo Quarterly, The Southeast Review, Boulevard, Lit Hub, Lenny Letter, The Awl, Colorado Review, Virginia... Read More →
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Anjalequa "Anjie" Birkett

My name is Anjalequa "Anjie" Birkett. I am a 14 year old, Caribbean-American girl. I attend the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, and this year I am a freshman. I started writing when I was about 7, but didn’t get serious and more passionate about it until I... Read More →
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Simone John

Simone John is a poet, educator, and facilitator based in Boston. She received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College with an emphasis on documentary poetics. Her poetry has appeared, or been reviewed, in Wildness, the Boston Globe, Public Pool, PBS Newshour, Bustle, and elsewhere... Read More →
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Nina LaNegra

Roxbury resident Nina LaNegra’s boundary-bending work has been featured at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, HubWeek Boston and numerous venues. LaNegra is an award-winning broadcast journalist hosting and producing over a dozen public affairs talk series at CBS Boston, WGBH... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bolling Foyer, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

2:00pm

Kids' STEM Design Challenge: Flying Eggs!
We’re putting a twist on the traditional Egg Drop Challenge. If our mainstage Charlie Numbers session set your brain on fire, here’s where you can put it to work. We have a fun design challenge for kids and parents to do together: Can you make an egg soar using aerodynamics and wind science? We think you can. No egg splatters here! Recommended for ages 8-14

This session will be hosted by the Roxbury Innovation Center. 
 

Speakers
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Roxbury Innovation Center

Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC) was created through a public-private partnership with the City of Boston and Venture Café Foundation, our mission is to support local economic development, in Roxbury, by empowering and guiding innovation and entrepreneurship, as viable career options... Read More →
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Phernegize "Gia" Manigat

Gia was born in Haiti, later came to Boston at nine years old and has always had a passion for creating and helping others create. As the STEM programs manager at the Roxbury Innovation Center, she builds experiences for Boston, and particularly the community of Roxbury, where she... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roxbury Innovation Center, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St, Dudley Square, Roxbury

2:00pm

Comics in Color: A Mini-Comicon
Are you a diehard comics and animation fan but don’t know where to turn with your fandom? We have just the event for you: a mini-comicon hosted by the well-known group, Comics in Color. You'll have a chance to see the work of local creators and meet like-minded comic book enthusiasts. We'll be announcing soon a featured speaker, too! This is an even for all ages.

Speakers
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Comics in Color

Comics in Color is a monthly meetup of enthusiasts, artists, and writers of comics by and about people of color.Photo: Black Lightning Cover by Clayton Henry, Mark Morales, and Tomeu MoreyComics in Color... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Workshop Room, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

2:15pm

Meet Sports Writer Howard Bryant
Enjoy this rare opportunity to listen to all-star ESPN senior writer, NPR correspondent, and author Howard Bryant—live in Roxbury! He will read from his fascinating new book, The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism, which looks at how today's black athletes are re-engaging with social issues and the meaning of American patriotism, following in the footsteps of greats such as Robeson, Ali, and Robinson.

Speakers
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Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN magazine, and he regularly appears on ESPN TV programming, including SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He is the sports correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. He is the author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Bolling Foyer, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

2:15pm

Arts Activism in America: Igniting Change
Can the arts change the world? Two of the most celebrated artists-activists of their times—the rising theater star Liza Jessie Peterson and Black Arts movement pioneer Askia Touré—take the stage together in this not-to-be missed session on how the arts can be used to discuss some of the most pressing problems of the day. Peterson will open with a curtain raiser of her one-woman play, The Peculiar Patriot, which takes on the injustices in the justice system. The vibrant dialogue to follow will be led by David Dower of ArtsEmerson, which is taking the lead in the city in producing theatrical work that also serves a social purpose.

Moderators
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David Dower

David Dower joined ArtsEmerson as director of artistic programs in 2012. He is also co-founder and a contributing editor to HowlRound. Prior, he served as associate artistic director of the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and founded and served as artistic director of The Z Space... Read More →

Speakers
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Liza Jessie Peterson

Liza Jessie Peterson is the author of All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island. She is a renowned actress, poet, playwright, author, educator and youth advocate who has been steadfast in her commitment to incarcerated populations, both professionally... Read More →
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Askia Touré

Askia Muhammad Abu Bakr el Touré is one of the founding members of the black arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. As a poet, editor, and activist, Touré helped define a new generation of black consciousness that sought to affirm through the arts the community's African heritage... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
School Committee Room, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury

3:15pm

African Drumming
We're kicking up the beat with this high-energy African drumming performance by acclaimed local performers and teachers, Akili Jamal Haynes and Joh Camara. The duo will fill the festival with their rhythms and leave us with an unforgettable session.

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Joh Camara

Sidi Mohamed Camara, popularly known as “Joh,” was born in Bamako, Mali in West Africa. Surrounded by great artists and musicians as a child, Joh started traditional dance and drumming at the age of five. With his award-winning dance companies (Troupe Sewa, Troupe Mande, Troupe... Read More →
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Akili Jamal Haynes

Akili Jamal Haynes is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who began his career at age 15 as a trombonist under the mentorship of Wynton Marsalis. Three years later, he was touring with Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band. He currently performs with several ensembles and has participated... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Bolling Foyer, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building 2300 Washington St., Dudley Square, Roxbury